Bodo Zimmermann was born in 1928 in
Berlin, Germany, and moved to Shanghai with his family in 1940 after their home and
business were confiscated by Nazi officials. The family was left destitute after the
move, so at age 13 Zimmermann dropped out of school began an apprenticeship in a bakery
in Shanghai. From 1942 to 1945, the family was interned by the Japanese at the Ward Road
Camp. After their release, in 1946, Zimmermann found a job as a baker working on the USS
LCI 220, which was tasked with delivering medical supplies in China. The collection
consists of unpublished memoirs, letters written by Zimmermann to friends regarding his
time in China and life on the USS LCI 220, a translation done by Zimmermann of a letter
written by a family friend regarding the Siberian Express railway in 1940, and drawings,
cards, and news articles collected or made by Zimmermann related to China.
Bodo Zimmermann was born in Berlin, Germany, on March 20th,
1928. His parents owned a successful department store, but in 1939 the store and their
home were confiscated by Nazi officials. The family planned to open a new store in
China, but after relocating to Shanghai in June of 1940 learned that the merchandise
purchased with the last of their money had also been confiscated.
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